Water has always been very important in Machiel Wester’s life. Born in the United Kingdom into a Dutch sailor family, he grew up in different places at the sea, including at the North Sea and in Papua New Guinea – there he was caught by the kayak virus, he says. To him, the calm on a sea or lake is very different from the calm on a lonely mountain top, for example. And he’s convinced, the view from the water on the land gives one a whole new perspective on the world.

In the Netherlands, Machiel Wester completed an apprenticeship as a Carpenter. It has always made him happy to be able to create something with his own hands. And so finally, he decided to combine his two passions, the water and the craft – he began to build his own kayaks.

Today, Machiel Wester still lives near the water, in Switzerland, at the beautiful Lake Constance. Interested people can build kayaks there with him and try them out on the premises.

Get in touch with Machiel: mac@macwester.ch